Why We Make The Wrong Choices

By Andy Shaw | January 23, 2010

Originally posted 30th March 2007

All choices in life are open to us, we can be anything we want, do anything we want to do or go anywhere we want to. We can chose to change any part of our lives whenever we want to. We can do this by changing our thinking whenever we want to, so why is it so many people chose to enjoy living with negativity and pessimism?

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Is Your Conversation Helping You Go Where You Want To Go?

By Andy Shaw | January 23, 2010

Originally posted 29th March 2007

In ancient Greece Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance came upon the great philosopher and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”

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Being Responsible

By Andy Shaw | January 23, 2010

Originally posted 19th March 2007

One of the greatest steps forward I ever made in the business and personal development areas of my life was when I truly discovered what the meaning of responsibility is.

Up until that time I’d say I was pretty much like everyone else looking for someone else to blame whenever my plans failed to work out the way I wanted. Or if someone let me down after I hadn’t clearly explained what I wanted them to do then I’d easily have someone to blame. Then there are the easy targets, the ones who try to do it differently, they’re easy to blame because no one understands them and whatever we don’t understand we are suspicious of anyway.

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Why I Believe 83% Of The People Who Read My Book Will Fail To Even Come Close To Financial Success

By Andy Shaw | January 23, 2010

Originally posted 20th February 2007

Do you need to be one?

Being an Entrepreneur, people who aren’t are always asking me what it takes to become one. I find the question quite difficult to answer. It is something I just am. I do believe that people can easily have success without this thing inside them, and I also believe that they can change their mindset and start to think like an Entrepreneur. This of course in itself will have the desired effect they are looking for and will convert them into being one.

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How Many Accounts Can I Get?

By Andy Shaw | January 23, 2010

Originally posted 26th January 2007

It is very easy to put down savings accounts at the moment. Gone are the days of 5, 6, 7, or 8% on your savings in bank accounts, or so I thought.

Recently I started preparing a few savings accounts for my children. I’m a bit obsessive about getting them bank accounts with every bank. So I have done a little research and so far I have now opened 11 different savings accounts for both David who is 7 and Sarah who is 4.

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The Real Secret

By Andy Shaw | January 23, 2010

Originally posted 25th January 2007

The Most Powerful Learning Trick in the World

I said in my book that to become an expert in a very small niche you had to focus on just that niche for a short period of time. Personally I believe the majority of skills needed to get going in property can be learnt easily in less than 100 hours. But to become an expert you need to devote more time to it.

I did a rough calculation the other day; based on my first 4 years in property of the number of hours it took me to become an expert.

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Property Is All About The Future, But If You Don’t Make It Through Today Then The Future Is Irrelevant

By Andy Shaw | January 23, 2010

Originally posted 16th January 2007

I received this email recently and it highlighted something that is all too common in property investing. It happens when you get carried away by the sums of money that you can make in the future that you give no thought to the cashflow problems today.

I cannot stress enough that cashflow is the secret to property investing; when you master this it will provide you the freedom to master property.

***The email***

Hi Andy

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Never Sell a Property and Never Pay Tax

By Andy Shaw | January 23, 2010

Originally posted 14th January 2007

Hi,

A site member has asked me to comment on an article written by James Bailey – a Chartered Tax Advisor at Property-Tax-Portal http://www.property-tax-portal.co.uk/taxarticle57.shtml

He said that the article covered exactly the strategy of equity release being used as income that I have in place. He thought that James was probably referring to me but didn’t mention me by name. You decide if he meant me :-)

He said that James had his own take on it and wondered if I would read it and consider commenting.

Here’s the article with my comments in Bold: -

Never Sell a Property and Never Pay Tax?

This is a strategy that we have been hearing a lot about recently.

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Are Seminars A Costly Waste Of Time And Money?

By Andy Shaw | January 23, 2010

Originally Posted 11 Jan 2007

Surely I could do something better with my time!

I attend at least four, three/four day training seminars a year. I struggle to fit these in with my family life and then there’s the expense of them as well.

Why is it that I and a lot of other very wealthy/successful people give up so much of their time and money attending training seminars?

At the recent underground event, I met a lot of people. Some were near dead broke, yet had spent money they didn’t have attending a four day course. In the chance that they would learn something that could reverse their situation.

At the event there were success stories, one after another being spouted. From single Mums who hadn’t been able to work, but then learnt new skills and set themselves financially free. To Yanik Silver, who said that he spent last year nearly £50,000 on attending seminars and educational products.

If it’s good enough for Ted…

Ted Nicolas, who is 82 years old, did not miss a minute from the seminar. He and his wife attend six to ten seminars a year where he is speaking and he uses them to learn.

I bumped into a guy that was earning $2,000,000 a month online. When I asked him for his reason for attending he said, ‘Well, it was at one of these events a few years before that I met my business partner.’ Now he views these events like I do as an essential part of his business.

On the Friday night I sat down to dinner with a really nice guy called Simon from Poland. We were chatting for a couple of hours, and during that time I found out that he was 26 years old, and had started his second business when he was 16. His business now had 650,000 subscribers paying him at least $17 a month. This was just one of four businesses he had. He had come along to meet up with a few friends and see what was new.

People are always saying to me, how can I get started or, I’m really in trouble and I need to find a way out. How can I learn what I need to so that I can become financially free? Well if you’re reading this and this sounds familiar then it is simple, you need to get more training. This is all these events are; they are training seminars for business people or entrepreneurs.

Why is it we believe our education should begin and end at school?

For years I believed that when I finished school, my education ended, why was that? Well I believe it was because I was trained to believe that. Well whether I was or not, I was wrong. Seminars, courses, books and home study systems are very useful.

I attend events that can cost as little as £300 and as much as £6,000 for a few days training. I can honestly say that I have never attended a seminar where I didn’t get value for money.

There is always a snippet of information or a completely new idea. Or you hear something you have heard before but never applied. Again you hear it and this time you see how you can apply it and how much it is worth to you.

Just one idea that I took away from one seminar went on to make me over £1,000,000. And I continue to have the benefit of that idea today and will do for the rest of my life. What’s more I get to share that idea with others and help them.

The Ultimate Return on Investment

This is the real advantage of attending seminars, the return on investment. You have a one time cost in time and money for a lifetimes benefit. If you value your life and your future and you think you could achieve more, why not start to learn about training again?

When I talk to people and they say, ‘you’re spending how much, on what?’ I look and feel sorry for them as I find it difficult to burst people’s bubbles, as they are important to them to live in. They need the protection of ignorance, without it they would really understand what an expensive place to live in, it really is. Just imagine all that depression they would go through if they realised how ignorant they were being. :-)

I am intending to cover this subject in more depth here and am going to be providing some simple tools to obtain the most from each seminar you choose to attend.

However, if you are considering starting a business, before you do I recommend you attend at least a couple of these events and have your eyes opened to the modern way of doing business. You may find that your current level of education will cost you a real fortune if you do not.

Best Wishes

Andy

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Leaving Your Pension To Luck

By Andy Shaw | January 23, 2010

Originally posted 9th January 2007

Research complied recently has revealed that 80% of people believe that they haven’t saved enough money for their retirement and are now starting to panic or worse they have abandoned hope and are leaving their financial future to luck.

30% of people aged between 55 and 64 have worked overtime in the last year in a desperate attempt to save more as this age bracket believes that they now have to save 50% of their income for their future.

Many however have given up and abandoned any hope for a pleasant and relaxed retirement and have decided to leave their potential pension to the state, gambling, a lottery win or inheritance.

I remember in 1988 when I was working at a company where the van driver was 65 years old and said he wouldn’t be retiring as he had made absolutely no provision for his retirement.

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